Early Intervention

What is Early Intervention?

While all children grow and change at their own rate, some children can experience delays in their development. Sometimes this can be cause for concern. Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help families with children from birth to age five who have developmental delays or disabilities.

Early intervention seeks to help children grow and develop through individualized services and supports, which may be provided at home, in child care, in private or public preschools, Early Head Start and Head Start, or combinations of these. The early intervention team works with families, caregivers and early learning professionals to help families identify natural learning opportunities that fit their schedules, preferences and interests.

How much does Early Intervention cost? What services are provided?

Early intervention supports and services are provided at no cost to families. Services may include: information on how children develop skills and abilities; education and support for the parent/caregiver, and specific developmental therapies designed for their child. Early intervention can also assist families in finding and linking to a variety of community services and supports.

How can families find out if their child is eligible for Early Intervention?

A first step for any family with a concern about their child’s development is to call CONNECT Services toll-free at 1-800-692-7288 or email They will connect a family to their local early intervention program. The early intervention program will determine if the child is eligible for early intervention.

  • Jessica goldberg says:

    My daughter had needs early intervention. She was studied from pregnancy to age two at chop. What’s a good way to do this. I need subsidized schooling

  • When my oldest son, Chris, was diagnosed with autism at 5, a panel of professionals met with us to find the best way to encourage learning. This was 31 years ago – the panel suggested Head Start for 1 day a week along with an early intervention program 3 days a week and a play therapist 1 day a week. Since the other classes focused on his disability, Head Start gave him a place to observe kids at play. I would bring my younger son, Lucas, with us and would be placed in the nursery area. A few years later, Lucas attended the Head Start program and flourished. Now that they are grown men, they look back fondly at their time in Head Start.

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